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Ultimate Decluttering and Loading Guide For a Stress-Free Move


Ultimate Decluttering and Loading Guide for a Stress-Free Move


The days leading up to a move can evoke a mix of excitement and nervousness. Amidst organizing for relocation and managing home showings for prospective buyers, maintaining a clutter-free and inviting space is essential. National Van Lines offers expert tips to streamline your move while keeping your home appealing and functional.

Section 1: Preparing Your Home for Showings

  1. Organize Your Closets: Store away clothes not immediately needed to showcase spacious closets to potential buyers, signaling readiness for a swift move.
  2. Maximize Kitchen Space: Utilize cabinets to store non-perishable items, ensuring clear kitchen counters and enhancing the overall appeal of your home.
  3. Use Up Perishables: Host a gathering to consume items like propane and perishable foods, ensuring a clean and clutter-free environment for home showings.
  4. Centralize Box Storage: Keep boxes in a central location to minimize clutter in individual rooms, facilitating easy navigation for potential buyers.
  5. Sell or Donate Unneeded Items: Hold a garage sale or donate items to declutter and potentially offset moving expenses, making your home more appealing to buyers.

Section 2: Decluttering Strategies for a Smooth Transition

  1. Family Discussion: Gather the family to discuss moving plans and encourage them to assess possessions, deciding what to keep, donate, or discard well in advance.
  2. Plan Declutter Day: Mark a date for decluttering, arranging for disposal or donation of items not making the move, ensuring a streamlined process.
  3. Appeal to Community: Encourage family members to part with sentimental items by suggesting they gift them to friends or family, fostering a sense of community.
  4. Focus on Replacement: Highlight the excitement of buying replacements in the new city to ease the emotional attachment to certain items.
  5. Give Until it Hurts: Encourage giving away more than initially comfortable to prevent packing unnecessary items, ensuring a lighter load on moving day.


Moving is inherently stressful, but by following these decluttering and loading strategies, you can minimize anxiety and ensure a smoother transition to your new home. For assistance with storage or any aspect of your move, contact National Van Lines at 800-676-9270 or online.

Moving will always be a stressful occurrence, but by applying the decluttering techniques above, you can at least ensure your moving experience is as stress-free as possible.

If you’re ready to schedule your next move, we’d love for you to give National Van Lines a chance to earn your business.

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